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Japan on show at the Mercury
the creepy schoolteacher from the movie 'Assassination Classroom - Graduation'
The Japanese Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema this month promises a feast of fun for all ages, and it's refreshingly lacking in sex and violence, although Assassination Classroom would certainly give you some nasty thrills, if the creepy appearance of the schoolteacher Koro-sensei is anything to go by.
Erased is also a thriller, based on the famous Manga by Kei Sanbe. (In case you didn't know, Manga are graphic novels). The hero is a manga artist who has to journey back and relive the traumas of the past in order to solve the mystery of his mother's murder.
Teenagers are also catered for with the two part Chihayafuru, which features the extraordinary competitive game known as karuta (a traditional Japanese card game based on classic poetry). The heroine Chihaya is determined to revive enthusiasm for karuta and lead her friends to victory at the national tournament.